If you bring up the topic of grammar and punctuation to a group of bloggers, it often results in quite a heated discussion let’s say (Not that that’s a bad thing). I am a recent English Literature graduate who graduated with a pretty decent grade, an upper second honours. But I’m here to say that, punctuation and grammar don’t actually matter that much to me and I actually think it shouldn’t matter at all when it comes to blogging. Everybody has their own personal preferences though, I get that and I think that’s important to understand. Everybody however has a different reason as to why they blog and hopeful bloggers should not be put off by people that hold punctuation and grammar highly. At the end of the day, I’m not getting paid to do this, it’s a hobby. So I can perfectly understand why, for some reason, one may not have the best grammar in their blogs or proof-read 2010199 times. Some people write blogs as a ‘personal release’ of emotions, or as a journal. In this case, why should grammar matter? Now don’t get me wrong, I personally enjoy reading pieces with good grammar and punctuation as it is easier for me. But for some, writing does not come naturally and that should not mean that they can’t personally blog. You can still enjoy writing, if your grammar and punctuation aren’t up to scratch (Have you read Phillip Larkin? Jesus Christ…). This brings in the struggles of dyslexia, language barriers etc. which ‘get in the way’ of good grammar and punctuation. A lot of speakers of other languages like to write in English for a variety of reasons, to both improve their written English, to connect with British/American blogging communities, there are loads of reasons. Don’t feel like you can’t blog because you are not ‘good’ at writing. If every writer wrote by the books, we’d have a pretty boring selection of literature on our hands. There are loads of linguists that attack literally, the Victorian system of punctuation and grammar, so you’re not alone! This is no attack at all on any bloggers I would like to clarify, as I said, I personally find it easier to read well punctuated blog posts.
What are your thoughts on grammar and punctuation?
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.